I had the pleasure of meeting Kraig Dorner when I was teaching a Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine class in San Diego five years ago. Kraig is a retired SEAL Chief Petty Officer (SOC) at Naval Special Warfare Group One (NSWG-1) Training Detachment (TRADET). His last job was to ensure that every SEAL in all the West coast SEAL Teams were trained properly and ready for deployment. Today Kraig Dorner, CHT owns and operates his own hyperbaric facility called San Diego Center for Hyperbaric Therapy.
For those that have not yet subscribed to the new Wound Care & Hyperbaric Magazine, you are losing out on a lot of extremely helpful information in the field of wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Today things change very fast and keeping up with the latest information is definitely the ONLY key to success. In an environment where the patients and their families are now “googling” everything regarding their health, you have no choice but to KEEP UP. Imagine these scenarios;
1. A patients’ son used Google to research Central Retinal Artery Occlusion and knew more about the treatment protocol (time, duration, and depth) than the consulting physician and HBO tech – How embarassing huh? Of course you cannot believe everything you read online, but this kid had referrences and article print outs of the protocols.
2. A patient herself found a safety article on HBOT online and read that she should not be wearing certain make-up and jewelry in the chamber and she was never informed by the HBO techs about this. She leaves the HBO center and ends up in a hospital HBO center because she felt safer.
Just imagine how much research you would do when buying a car, house, or an electronic item – multiply that by a hundred. This is how serious patients are about their health nowadays. Would you just sit there and let time pass you by until a patient or family member schools you in areas within your own field? I would be embarrassed.
I have noticed that there are a lot of “SLACKERS” in the field of hyperbaric medicine. I use the term heavily not lightly – because I mean it. These are folks that hit the cieling, the comfortable ones in their positions that just let time fly, the ones that cannot keep up with the ever-changing world of information; these are the ones who embarass themselves, their co-workers, and their bosses by not being on the up-on-up with their field. The folks that sit there and answer “I DON’T KNOW” to every question asked of them – YOU ARE EMBARRASSING TO THE FIELD! When you face a knowlegeable patient I would love to photograph your reaction – because it will be priceless. This is the moment that they realize they have been left behind.
My advice: Get involved. Don’t be scared. Speak up. And most important – GET MOTIVATED to continue learning. I apologize for the rant but I know that it is needed.